The Descendants

The potential loss of paradise is juxtaposed with the loss of a wife and mother. Both are untamed and leave you forced with making a decision. Matt King (George Clooney) is in a predicament that few would envy. Yet, what makes this film engaging is his journey towards attempting to gain what is almost lost. The visual scenery is also very pretty. With the exception of one unnecessary scene that felt forced and unnatural; every scene carried a certain sense of tolerable tension that only subsided until the end. George Clooney commands each scene with vulnerability but never losing control. This was a weakness in that as each situation escalated you always felt, in an unrealistic kind of way, that he would somehow thrive under the pressure. Despite all the attention it’s received, I don’t think it will win any Oscars.

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